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Zathyn Priest is an Australian writer of gay fiction. His available works include – The Curtis Reincarnation, The Slayer’s Apprentice, Liquid Glass, Left of Center, Emrys Amara, One of Those Days, and The Statue.
Zathyn is also a freelance artist specialising in graphic fiction, book covers, and promotional art.
He lives with his husband, Sam. They share their home with a greyhound called Chrissy, a cat named Fran, and Charlie the duck.
on Nov. 01, 2015 :
I love when an author takes their time in setting up a story when it fits that story to do so. Zathyn Priest does that here with Liquid Glass, allowing for my connections to be made with characters in an organic way.
However, I knew one thing for sure early on: I really like Eldon.
~ * ~ Just because Eldon rated as an eligible bachelor didn’t mean he rated as highly in society circles as a person. Many found his outspoken opinions, and his friendliness toward the lesser class, as offensive as his garish attire.~ * ~
Yup, sounds like my kinda guy: brash, bold, honest, and caring, with just the right level of bite to his word. He does what he wants, trying to break the rules for the right reasons, all while living in a time and with people that really couldn’t care less about him.
It also didn’t take me long to get that feeling. You know the one. I wanted to curl up with this book, cuddle it, protect it even, and I certainly wasn’t going to let anyone take it away from me. Yes, yes, I know, tis illogical but still true.
This story is a wonderful mix of paranormal, historical, contemporary, creep-tastic, mystery, and poetry. Yup, it’s poetic. Priest’s ability to make the right word choice is evident all over the place, creating a rhythm that fits characters and what they’re all experiencing. That’s not easy, folks, to create a world where the rules work for every character, no matter their role.
Priest also excels in bringing emotion right to the surface, no matter the… state of affairs, especially in regards to Eldon. Listen, it’s just plain cool! This book is so cool because all of the ingredients are expertly used and result in a most delicious reading experience.
Eldon’s other half, so to speak, is Cameron. He’s not as brash as Eldon but he’s definitely got attitude, some of it not exactly endearing, except when it is. Yup, we’re talking complex character development here, folks. Step right up, step right up, get your fantastically drawn characters right here.
~ * ~ Cameron lurched into the centre of the room, swaying on unsteady legs and suppressing the sickening nausea eddying inside his stomach. Despite the horror of what he saw, Cameron knew Eldon’s terror-stricken soul endured far worse. ~ * ~
It’s getting creepy up in this joint! Are ya curious? Ya should be.
Just at the time I thought I had a handle on where this was all heading, it took a turn and I held on, ready for the ride. All kinds of questions arose, possible conflicts presented themselves, and opportunities for understanding landed front and center. Which way would it all go?
Trudy is one of my favorite supporting characters I’ve come across. She’s caring, humorous, strong, intelligent, a bit of a mother hen, and she fits perfectly into this story. It wouldn’t have worked without her. She is a major point of connection between all of those ingredients I listed up there. I enjoyed every moment she was on page. How often can we say that?
There is some superb imagery in this book. It’s yet one more thing that pulled me into this story, never letting go the entire way.
~ * ~ Pelting rain fell in sheets and pounded against the glass windows of a two-room stone cottage on the outskirts of Dorset. Lightning flashed in threatening forks across a blackened sky and thunder cracked in deafening blasts. A colossal English Elm slammed its branches into the cottage with each powerful gust of wind, scraping its twiggy fingers against the window and groaning under the strain of the storm. ~ * ~
I mean, c’mon! That’s fantastic stuff right there.
This story works its way towards and exciting, nail-biting crescendo, gaining speed as it grows. I felt like I was ricocheting back and forth between the main stages at a concert, feeling drawn to them simultaneously, unable to choose, and even more thankful I didn’t have to do just that. Connections were being woven together, heightening the energy, propelling everything forward, and I loved it. Whew!
Amidst it all there’s also a message here, meaningful, and gently portrayed. It’s definitely the emotional icing on the rollercoaster ride of a reading experience.
You think you might know what you’re going to get with story. You might be partially correct but, trust me, you will be surprised, and you will enjoy it. Zathyn Priest deftly manages all of the moving parts, manipulating them like those on a chess board, timing everything just right.
Bravo! I recommend this book. Without any hesitation. I enjoyed every freakin’ minute.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
Ciaran O. Dwynvil
on March 08, 2013 :
From the first moment I met Eldon and Cameron I rooted for both of them. Maybe even more because neither is the strong hero of typical romances. Instead of men who always know what to do and never feel the slightest buckle in their knees, we meet a poet and a painter. Two sensitive, tortured souls bonded by love so strong that it might lead them from darkness to light, that it might close the tear in time and reunite those who belong together. Will it? You will need to find out on your own.
I can only say that in Liquid Glass its author Zathyn Priest created a beautiful union of romance and mystery that will pull you right in Lillyport House and will engulf you in a gale of emotions. You will laugh aloud and you will fear. You will experience humorous situations, hot sensuality, soft tenderness, deep sorrow, confusion, anger, guilt and sense of urgency that will stretch you on the racks and will not let you put the book down. You will hear the time running out and will want to stop it for you will feel their devotion to one another as if the story was about you and your love.
I can recommend the book to every fan of gay paranormal romance.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)